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Quotes for
the Journey:



Science without religion is lame,
religion without science is blind.

Albert Einstein


Religion has become an impersonal affair, an institutional loyalty.  It survives on the level of activities rather than in the stillness of commitment.        -Abraham Joshua Heschel


The only struggle which religions can justify, the only struggle worthy of humans, is the moral struggle against humanity's own disordered passions, against every kind of selfishness, against attempts to oppress others, against every type of hatred and violence.        -Pope John Paul II

Love and kindness are the basis of my religious beliefs.  The rituals and outward signs are not as important as one's actions and deeds. Religion should be a path to God, not something to fight about.        -Bernie Siegel

This is what I found out about religion:  it gives you courage to make the decisions you must make in a crisis and the confidence to leave the results to a higher Power.  Only by trust in God can a person carrying responsibility find repose.       -Dwight D. Eisenhower

No person has a right to lead such a life of contemplation as to forget in one's own ease the service due one's neighbor; nor has any person a right to be so immersed in active life as to neglect the contemplation of God.       -St. Augustine
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.       -Harry Emerson Fosdick

I also see the world of religion. I see some of my brothers and sisters trying to be religious without being fully human.  They seem a little rigid and narrow at times, wanting to be holy, but not human.  They seem to be winning a place in heaven, without realizing or enjoying the beauty of earth.  They keep the ten commandments, but their observances look so joyless.  Such a world seems small  and the air in that world is stale.       -John Powell, S.J.
I believe in God as I believe in my friends, because I feel the breath of His affections, feel His invisible hand, drawing me, leading me, grasping me; because I possess an inner consciousness of a particular Providence and of a universal mind that marks out for me the course of my own destiny.       -Miguel de Unamuno
During the past thirty years, people from all civilized countries on the earth have consulted me. Among all my patients in the second half of life-- that is to say, over thirty-five--there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.  It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he or she had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has been really healed who did not regain his or her religious outlook.       -Carl Jung

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.       -The Bible
People will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it; anything but live for it.        -Charles Caleb Colton
God is alive in flowers and snowflakes, in sunsets and rainbows, in the flash of lightning and the crash of thunder, in the calm in the eye of the hurricane.  Wherever there is life there is God.
   God is not far off on a throne in the sky; He is alive today in all men who walk the earth.  He is the life that surrounds and penetrates us here and now.  God is alive in people. . . .
   God is not a static image; He lives in everything and everyone.  He is in the flight of an eagle and in the writing of a sonnet.  He is everywhere.  He is in the farthest star and the newborn baby.  He will survive the denial of men and the blast of nuclear destruction.
   Let us affirm the invincibility of God--for God is life eternal.        -Wilferd A. Peterson
The essential thing to know about God is that God is Good.  All the rest is secondary.       -Simone Weil
True religion is the life we live, not the creed we profess.       -J.F. Wright

The heart of Religion is not an opinion about God, such as  philosophy might reach as the conclusion of an argument; it is a personal relationship with God.       -William Temple
We have been looking for the burning bush, the parting of the sea, the bellowing voice from heaven.  Instead we should be looking at the ordinary day-by day events in our lives for evidence of the miraculous.       -M. Scott Peck
Religion is never devoid of emotion, any more than love is.  It is not a defect of religion, but rather its glory, that it speaks always the language of feeling.      -Elton Trueblood
Religion is more like a response to a friend than it is like obedience to an expert.       -Austin Farrer
I think many of the troubles we run into are due to our treating the sacred as something abstract. This attitude is part of what allows us to do great harm to nature and ourselves.  If our religion is completely ethereal, we may become numb to the consequences of, for example, building a chemical plant that could be toxic to children in the community.  Not only that, but restricting religion to a high-in-the-sky place tends to make people polemical about their own moral positions--to the degree that they can justify harming others who disagree with them.  We've seen this phenomenon take place in country after country.  I think we would be able to live in this world more peaceably if our spirituality were to come from looking not just into infinity but very closely at the world around us--and appreciating its depth and divinity.       -Thomas Moore  (contemporary)

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The enduring value of religion is in its challenge to aspiration and hope in the mind of people.       -Ernest Martin Hopkins
Religious faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life.  It is, instead, an inner spiritual strength which enables them to face those storms with hope and serenity.  Religious faith has the miraculous power to lift ordinary human beings to greatness in seasons of stress.       -Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
If I should go out of church whenever I hear a false sentiment I could never stay there five minutes.  But why come out?  The street is as false as the church.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Religion is to be used as a stepping stone to God but it must never be used as a tower to hold one aloft from others.  We are all cells in the body of humanity.  When anyone attempts to isolate another, they only isolate themselves more.        -Peace Pilgrim
Many people conceive of religion as something apart from everyday affairs of the world.  They think of it in terms of ceremony or ritual or sermons and often it strikes them as being dull or not particularly interesting.  Religion may be described in many ways.  I like to think of it as a medicine,  a healing medicine for the mind.       -Norman Vincent Peale
There are many religions seeking to bring comfort and happiness to humanity, just as there are many treatments for a particular disease.  All religions endeavor to help living beings avoid misery and find happiness.  Although we may prefer one religious perspective to another, there is a much stronger case for unity, stemming from common desires of the human heart.  Each religion works to lessen suffering and contribute to the world; conversion is not the point.  I do not think about converting others to Buddhism or merely furthering the Buddhist cause.  Instead, I try to think of how I as a Buddhist can contribute to the happiness of all living beings.       -unattributed
A religious person is one who holds God and people in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
-Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Religion is not an end in itself.  One's union with God is the ultimate goal.     -Peace Pilgrim
Religions become corrupted when leaders are assigned to explain God's will to people instead of showing them how to find this direction within themselves.     -James Redfield
Religion in its true sense is the most joyous thing the human soul can know, and when the real religion is realized, we will find it to be an agent of peace, of joy, and of happiness, and never an agent of gloomy, long-faced sadness.
-Ralph Waldo Trine
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.     -G.K. Chesterton

Working with children on the writing of poetry has led me to ponder the ways that most of us become exiled from the certainties of childhood; how it is that the things we most treasure when we're young are exactly those things we come to spurn as teenagers and young adults.  Very small children are often conscious of God, for example, in ways that adults seldom are.  They sing to God, they talk to God, they recognize divine presence in the world around them. . . . Yet these budding theologians often despise church by the time they're in eighth grade.
   In a similar way, the children who un-selfconsciously make up songs and poems when they're young--I once observed a three-year-old singing a passionate ode to the colorful vegetables in a supermarket--quickly come to regard poetry as meaningless and irrelevant. . . . I wonder if children don't begin to reject both poetry and religion for similar reasons, because the way both are taught takes the life out of them.  If we teach children when they're young to reject their epiphanies, then it's no wonder that we end up with so many adults who are poetically and theologically illiterate.     -Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.     -Jonathan Edwards
Depending on the use to which it is put, religion can be a demonic force.  Religion should bring us together, but it is exploited by some to create greater schisms among us.  Nothing could be more unfortunate.  Religion must always be for the people.  People do not exist for the sake of religion.  This must be the fundamental guideline of religion in the twenty-first century.    - Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day

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